Spring 2018 Class Schedule
|SLAVIC 101-3||Elementary Russian||Natalia Malinina/Ryan Serrano||MTWF 9am-9:50am or 2pm-2:50pm|
SLAVIC 101-3 Elementary Russian
Elementary Russian 101-3 is the third part in a three-quarter sequence designed to introduce students to the Russian language and contemporary Russian culture. In this course, students will continue to develop the fundamentals of speaking, listening, writing, and reading through a variety of communicative and content-based activities. Emphasis will be placed on practical communication so that students should be able to function at a basic level in several authentic situations by the end of the year.
|SLAVIC 102-3||Intermediate Russian||Natalia Malinina||MTWF 12pm-12:50pm|
SLAVIC 102-3 Intermediate Russian
Intermediate Russian 102-3 is the continuation of a two-year sequence that enables students to acquire intermediate-level proficiency. It proposes the further development and command of skills and abilities in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Emphasis is also placed on vocabulary expansion, especially in the areas of speaking and writing. A great deal of attention will be devoted to the learning of grammar in conjunction with the immediate activation of it in conversation.
|SLAVIC 108-3||Introduction to Polish||Kinga Kosmala||MTWF 10:00 - 10:50am|
SLAVIC 108-3 Introduction to Polish
This is the third of a three-quarter sequence designed to introduce students to Polish language and culture. We continue to learn the basic grammar of Polish, focusing on speaking, reading, writing, and listening.
|SLAVIC 208-3||Intermediate Polish: Language and Culture||Kinga Kosmala||MTWF 1pm-1:50pm|
SLAVIC 208-3 Intermediate Polish: Language and Culture
In Spring Quarter of Second Year Polish, students expand their speaking, reading and writing skills by building on grammar and vocabulary learned during prior quarters. As a complement to the linguistic side of the course, the students will gain a greater familiarity with Polish history and culture through varied means, including readings of literary works, articles from contemporary Polish newspapers and movies.
|SLAVIC 210-3||Introduction to Russian Literature||Susan McReynolds||MW 2:00 - 3:30pm|
SLAVIC 210-3 Introduction to Russian Literature
In this course, Spiritual Autobiography and Russian Literature, we will read classic works of Russian literature that explore the challenges of achieving spiritual growth in an individual life, with focus on moments of heightened experience and consciousness. Students will have the (optional) opportunity to write a spiritual autobiography. Works by Tolstoy, Chekhov, Turgenev, and Bunin.
|SLAVIC 211-2||20th-Century Russian Literature: Doctor Zhivago||Nina Gourianova||TTh 2:00 - 3:20pm|
SLAVIC 211-2 20th-Century Russian Literature: Doctor Zhivago
(Co-listed with CLS 202-0-20)
This course is designed as a following sequence to SLAV211-1, a general survey of early 20c. Russian Literature, focused on the interconnections between new ideas in culture and politics. It explores the legendary novel Doctor Zhivago (1957), written by the Noble Laureate Boris Pasternak. This work is discussed in the Russian and European cultural and historical context of the Cold War era; we follow and compare the paths of literary heroes and their real-life prototypes: Pasternak himself and his long-time companion Olga Ivinskaya. Doctor Zhivago was harshly criticized and censored in Soviet Union, then smuggled to the West with the help of the CIA to be preserved and published for the first time, finally becoming a literary sensation and winning the Nobel Prize.
|SLAVIC 302-3||Russian Language and Culture||Natalia Malinina||MWF 11:00 - 11:50am|
SLAVIC 302-3 Russian Language and Culture
Добро пожаловать! Welcome back! Slavic 302 is a yearlong combined third- and fourth-year multi-skill course. It is recommended for students who are familiar with Russian basic grammatical concepts and vocabulary and are interested in acquiring more advanced language skills--speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The course also acquaints students with aspects of Russian culture that are familiar to most educated native Russian speakers, through literature, videos and movies.
|SLAVIC 310-0||Tolstoy||Saul Morson||TTh 12:30 - 1:50pm|
SLAVIC 310-0 Tolstoy
In this course we investigate one book, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, in detail. We will consider such themes as the nature of decision-making in a world of uncertainty, how consciousness works, the place of death in an understanding of life, the nature of selfhood, the possibility of a social science, whether history fits a pattern, along with other philosophical and psychological questions. We will also see how Tolstoy’s innovations in plotting and presentation of character express his views about human life.
|SLAVIC 322-0||Making a Dictionary||Elisabeth Elliott||TTh 9:30 - 10:50am|
SLAVIC 322-0 Making a Dictionary
(Co-listed with Linguistics 363)
Northwestern University is a community, working to set goals, achieve them, defining and striving for excellence, etc. As such, we are a speech community, using language to describe and form our culture and identity. This includes jargon (e.g., Wildcat, distros, CAESAR, CTECs, DM, ASG, SafeRide, MMLC, etc.) and slang. We focus on language, identity, and heritage, and the students create “WildWords”: https://nudictionary.mmlc.northwestern.edu/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
|SLAVIC 360-0||Survey of 19th-Century Russian Poetry||Ilya Kutik||MW 2:00 - 3:20pm|
SLAVIC 360-0 Survey of 19th-Century Russian Poetry
Poetry in Russian culture is a powerful and unique catalyst. This course offers a survey of the main trends in 19th Century Russian poetry, which, at the time, became a national symbol through the works of Zhukovsky, Pushkin, Baratynsky, Lermontov, Tiutchev, and others. Although the topics of this so-called Golden Age of Russian literature were many, particular emphasis was on the genre of elegy.
|SLAVIC 390-0||Lit. & Politics in Central & Eastern Europe||Ian Kelly||TTh 3:00 - 4:20pm|
SLAVIC 390-0 Lit. & Politics in Central & Eastern Europe
(Co-listed with Int St 390-0-22)
This course examines the roots and the drivers of Putin’s foreign policy. We will look at factors leading to the USSR’s disintegration and resulting ethnic conflicts, security issues and responses. The U.S. faced four nuclear powers (Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Belarus), under-secured nuclear weapons, and armed secessionist conflicts in the Caucasus and Moldova. We will examine the post-Cold War security environment, focusing on Russia’s efforts to assert a sphere of influence, and its efforts to undermine Western solidarity and confidence in the liberal democratic system.
|SLAVIC 392-0||East European Literature and Visual Arts: Postwar Polish Film||Kinga Kosmala||W 3:00 - 5:50pm|
SLAVIC 392-0 East European Literature and Visual Arts: Postwar Polish Film
(Co-listed with RTVF 351-0-21)
This course will explore post-World War II film from Poland (with English subtitles). We will watch films by Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Munk, Roman Polanski, and others. We will assess what the end of WWII, followed by joining the Eastern Bloc, the fall of communism, and the entry into post-Soviet Europe have meant for the film culture and the Polish national film tradition.
|SLAVIC 437||Russian Poetry: Romanticism East & West||Clare Cavanagh||Th 2:00 - 4:50pm|
SLAVIC 437 Russian Poetry: Romanticism East & West
(Co-listed with Comp Lit 413-0-20)
What do notions of empire, colonization, Orient and Occident look like from the vantage point of an expanding Eurasian empire (Russia) and a colonized nation at the juncture of Eastern and Western Europe (Poland)? What does Romanticism look like as it moves eastward to what Louis Phillipe, Comte de Ségur, called, in 1779, ‘the Orient of Europe’? We will explore these and other questions through the work of George Lord Byron (1788-1824), Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855), and Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837).